plane stolen from seattle airport
A look into Airport Security and how this happened
29 year old Richard Russell stole a plane belonging to Horizon Air from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Friday, August 10
Russell flew a 76 seater Bombardier turboprop plane for one hour before it crashed 25 miles away from the airport, killing Russel.
Quotes from the flight
Russell occasionally talked with air traffic controllers between his attempts at stunts such as barrel rolls.
"This is probably, like, jail time for life, huh? I mean, I would hope it is, for a guy like me."
"Just a broken guy, got a few screws loose, I guess. Never really knew it until now."
How Does an incident like this happen?
Just 3 airports out of about 450 airports in the US required employees to go through a security check everyday
the Budget problem
Extending security checks to 100% of airport employees would cost the TSA billions of dollars and likely exceed the current $7.4 billion budget.
$1.8 to $6.6 billion
Estimated cost of the current random checks system
$5.7 to $14.9 billion
Estimated cost of checking 100% of employees
Do the random checks work?
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has over 63,000 employees.
The airport conducted 7,234 hours of random employee checks in 2014...
...but an airport employee was able to smuggle guns onto planes 17 times in an 8 month span.
Many have described the random checks screening as a ticking time bomb.
more tsa controversy
The TSA has recently come under fire for two issues.
Quiet Skies Program
Since 2012, about 5,000 American travelers have been tracked by undercover air marshals
People are targeted off a set of unreleased rules, but it likely has to do with a travel pattern similar to those on US watch lists.
The TSA recently proposed dropping security at 150 small American airports to reduce costs
The TSA has said the plan was never under serious consideration and was only brought up in a budget exercise.